Cambridge South Dorchester freshman Madison Pleasants hits one of her two home runs in a 13-4 victory over Washington Friday, March 30. Pleasants has hit five home runs in five games on the season. She also is 4-1 pitcher on the season.
CAMBRIDGE — Madison Pleasants is the gift that keeps on giving for the CambridgeSouth Dorchester High softball team this season.
Less than 24 hours after a 4-1 loss to Colonel Richardson, the freshman pitcher was back in the circle Friday morning against Washington, delivering a performance that made that setback look like it was 100 years ago.
Pleasants struck out 15 batters while yielding just three hits for the second game in a row, hit two homers and drove in five runs, as the Vikings defeated the Jaguars, 13-4.
“I just came out hoping I could do something good for the team,” Pleasants said. “I just wanted to help out, maybe do something that could help us win, do what we’ve got to do.”
Pleasants (3-1) set the tone in the top of the first, striking out the side. In the bottom of the inning, leadoff hitter Abby Robinson (two hits, four steals, two runs, RBI) reached on a bunt single, stole second and third, and scored on Delanie Henry’s squeeze bunt for a 1-0 lead.
After Pleasants fanned two more in the top of the second (another 1-2-3 inning), C-SD (3-1) added two runs in the bottom half. Brooke Windsor laid down a bunt single with one out, and scored on Adrianne Kane’s fielder’s choice. Kane would score all the way from first with two outs when Ariah Matos’ single to left field was bobbled, making it 3-0.
Washington (2-1) got on the board in the third, as Emily Davis beat out an infield single, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on an infield hit-and-error off the bat of Erin Sink.
C-SD answered in the bottom of the inning, though. With one out and Maddison Lednum on first after a one-out bunt single, Pleasants clouted a Zoey Nichols fastball over the left field fence for a two-run homer and a 5-1 lead.
Pleasants was lethal with her rise-ball, getting nine Ks with it on the day.
“I would say my rise, or fast-up, that was a big one to get people out throughout the game,” Pleasants, who has been pitching since age 10. “They had trouble hitting that.”
C-SD tacked on three runs in the fourth via Kane’s RBI single, Robinson’s RBI grounder, and Henry’s run-scoring triple.
It was 9-1 after five thanks to an RBI ground out by pinch-hitter Madison Abbott, which plated Pleasants’ courtesy runner, Kim Larrimore.
Pleasants re-entered, and Washington, on its third time through the lineup, worked three walks and added a single by Carley Walston, to score three times and pull to within 9-4. Nichols, Carley Walston and her twin sister Camryn Walston each scored that inning.
The Vikings answered with a two-out rally in the sixth. Robinson reached on an infield hit and stole her way to third. Henr y walked and Lednum beat out a bunt single.
Pleasants blasted her second homer — a three-run shot — 25 feet over the left field fence to make it 13-4.
It stayed that way, as Pleasants retired the side in order in the seventh.
“I’m beginning to think that she’s not human,” C-SD head coach Kareem Otey said. “She’s just got ice in her veins. She comes out ready on the mound, and ready at the plate — no matter what kind of pitching’s getting thrown at her.
“She’s just ready to go,” Otey added. “She’s all business when she steps out onto the dirt, and I like it.”
Washington assistant Katie O’Neal, in for head coach Emily Knuth who was out of town, was also impressed by Pleasants.
“Their pitcher was definitely good,” O’Neal said. “Our girls are definitely hitting the ball, though. They’re focusing. They’re staying confident with each other; they’re backing each other up. I think overall they’re doing good.”
Nichols, who fanned five, “was throwing strikes,” O’Neal said. “She’s good at placement. They were just hitting it today.”
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Madison Pleasants struck out 15 batters against Washington Friday, March 30. She also hit two home runs on the day.
Cambridge-South Dorchester third baseman Chloe Warrel fields a grounder and throws to first for an out against Washington Friday, March 30.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Delanie Henry rips a triple to left against Washington Friday, March 30.
Cambridge-South Dorchester third baseman Chloe Warrel fields a grounder and throws to first for an out Friday against Washington.